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GOD’S CHURCH IN UFFCULME PARISH St Mary’s Church of England Sunday services at 8am and 11am Wednesday 9.30am Holy Communion Vicar Revd Selina Garner, The Vicarage Uffculme 841001 Lay Minister Mrs Jill Purser, The Granary, 6 Grantlands 840432 Warden Mr Tony Lane, Hill Park House, Uffculme 841014 Treasurer Mrs B Roach, 10 Devonshire Rise, Tiverton 250349 Flowers Mrs Valerie Holbrook 840330 Youth work Vicki Highet 840432 Square Corner Ian Jarman 840248 St Stephen's Ashill Church of England Sunday service 9.30am or 10am Vicar Revd Rob Wilkinson Colin Coombes All Saints Bradfield nd Sunday evening service monthly on 2 Sunday at 6.30pm Contacts Revd Rob Wilkinson Mrs Beryl Retter United Reformed Church Uffculme Sunday service 11.00am Elders Mr Cyril Dunn Mrs Ruth Stemp

32509 841149

32509 32248 840016 841265

Baptist Church Ulfculme Sunday service 11am Pastor Rev’d Gareth Dyer Contacts Mrs Margaret Beer Mr Spencer Kingdon

840050 840239 840744

Quakers: Spiceland Meeting House Prestcott Sunday service 10.30am Contact Lisa Shaul Cullompton Roman Catholic Saturday Confessions 11.00am Sunday Mass 10.30am Priest Fr Bill Kiely

01823 681658

6pm Saturday Mass

Culmstock Methodist WINTER Sunday Service at 3.00pm Minister Rev’d Paul Booth, 4 Willand Road, Cullompton





Welcome to this July edition of Spotlight We have just had an amazing time of wonderful celebrations for the Jubilee and I’d like to say a massive thank you to those in the village who worked so hard to bring us all together in so many creative ways to experience community. It was a real privilege on the Sunday to join the service, parade and afternoon of activities in Magelake, the village hall and the church displays and to share these with a young couple considering relocating to the village. At one point the young woman realised she had lost her bag – after a frantic search and retracing of footsteps it was spotted outside the new Magelake buildings on a ledge with all her passport, cash and valuables intact. They were both amazed and after this experience they decided they would love to live in such a community minded village and have just moved in! So I wonder what you think is important in your local community? As a Christian, being part of a community can be likened to being part of a body - members of the body have different gifts, roles and contributions to make, but they work together for the common good. In this picture of community people of all ages have something vital to contribute and there is an interdependence that is both counter cultural and at times quite challenging! When part of community we become reliant on the participation and contribution of others to enable everyone to flourish. Over the Jubilee weekend members from the local community of various faiths and none, various ages and backgrounds all came together. In many of the events and activities I glimpsed something of the Kingdom of God as friendships were forged, hospitality was exchanged and lives and stories were shared. For me this is what Jesus encourages, wants us to be part of and longs to see restored in every village and town and city across the globe. So as we enter a new month, I pray we can all continue to encourage and support members of our local community in discovering how their participation and contribution can bring life to others.


St Mary’s Church Uffculme Part of God’s Church in Uffculme. Services at St Mary’s in June Every Sunday at 8am 8.00am

Holy Communion (Common Prayer)

Sunday 11.00am Services Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday Sunday

1 July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29 July

All Age Service Holy Communion with children’s groups Morning Worship with children’s groups Age Holy Communion United Service at St Mary’s Church

Every Wednesday at 9.30am 9.30am

Holy Communion

Special Events in St Mary’s this month: Thursday 12 July Men’s group BBQ Friday 20 July leaving tea party for Peter and Vicki @ Square Corner from 2pm – 4pm Regular groups There are many small groups for all ages meeting throughout the week to explore the Christian faith. For more information contact Jill Purser on 840432 or The Revd Selina Garner 841001: For latest news and information

UFFCULME BAPTIST CHURCH JULY 2012 Part of God’s Church in Uffculme SUNDAY 1st 11.00 am 8th 15th 22nd 29th

11.00 am 11.00 am 11.00 am 11.00 am

Rev Gareth Dyer (Pastor) (Holy Communion) Rev Mervyn Burd, Tiverton Rev Gareth Dyer (Pastor) Dr Sowah Adjei United Parish Service at St Mary’s

WEEKDAY 3rd 7.30 pm 7th 10th 16th

SANKEY EVENING – when you are all warmly invited join us for an evening of Song and Fellowship 8 00 am United Prayer Breakfast at Curwood House 2.30 pm Tuesday Fellowship Meeting Speaker: Mr Spence Kingdon 7.30 pm Bible Study and Prayer Meeting at ‘Penbrook’ with Rev Gareth Dyer ALL WELCOME

Margaret Beer


Uffculme United Reformed Church Part of God’s Church in Uffculme JULY 2012 Sunday morning worship at 11.00 am (followed by tea/coffee and biscuits): 1st Family Service 8th Speaker – Ruth Stemp, including Holy Communion 15th Speaker – Mac Bridger 22nd Speaker – Peter Day 29th United Village service at St Mary’s During the services (except during the school holidays) there are also “Light Factory” meetings for Children, for 4 to 7, 8 to 11 and 12 to 14 year olds. There will not be any more Sunday evening service until further notice. Other meetings include: Wednesdays Alternative weeks – Bible Study on the Ten Commandments – “Living God’s Way” at the Church; and Home Groups and Bible Studies, both at 7.45pm. th Saturday 7 United Prayer Breakfast led by UURC at Curwood House at 8.00 am. (Contact details can be found on the inside front cover of Spotlight or on our web site) Cream Teas On Sunday 1 July we will be serving Cream Teas from 3.30pm till 5.30pm in aid of KAG at the church. A Cream Tea for only £2.50 – must be the best value in Devon – come along and try it out! st

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God’s Church at Ashill Sundays at St Stephen’s Church th Sun July 8 9.30am Communion service th Sun July 15 No BBC during July and August nd 9.30am Communion service Sun July 22 th Sun July 29 9.30am Morning prayer th Sun August 6 9.30am Communion service Baptism and any other enquiries: Rev Rob Wilkinson (tel: 32509), Sam Summerfield (tel: 34830) or Colin Coombes (tel: 841149) From the Children of Ashill: We’d like to say what a wonderful party we all had. The food was wonderful, delicious and so scrummy. Do you know we had marshmallows and strawberry dipped in a chocolate fountain on long sticks? We will remember too the wild flowers on the tables. We have to thank everyone in the village for all this food. Especially Andy, Jenny and Sean at the Ashill Inn for their intuition and organisation. Then followed an exciting pram race which brought many spectators. Nobody died but a lot of good fun! On Sunday we had a football match – “Knights v. Queens”. The goalies threw themselves around and were very busy. In fact, all players were very busy. We must have had thousands at the barbecue in the evening. The Queen’s Jubilee was well and truly celebrated! The children would also like to thank the people of Ashill Court, Village Hall Committee and all other helpers for their energy and friendliness. Maureen Williams (on behalf of the children)

CHRISTIAN AID The sum we collected this year is an amazing £1718.29 - an astonishing amount in view of the financial circumstances. Thank you very much if you donated and/or collected, and to the Post Office people for their help. LE CHURCHES HOUSING ACTION TRUST A vacancy for a furniture operative has arisen. All you would need to commit to would be one morning/day a fortnight helping to collect and deliver furniture, as part of our well-established free furniture scheme. You need to be reasonably fit, but moving and handling training will be given. You will be assisting our regular driver. Further information from Shelagh on 250911

THANKS Charity Event Ashill Village Hall Thanks to everyone who attended and supported our event on Sunday 20th May in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust - we had over 100 people!!!! Music was provided by Alex Hart and Chris Bridgeman and then there was Comedy from Tank Sherman. A huge thank you to Mole Valley Farmers who were very generous and donated all of the Cheese and we raised £1020. We elected to run this event to support raising funds for the trust in memory of a local boy Sam McDonald. Lisa Humphries

A very big THANK YOU to all for the Cards and Donations we received to celebrate our Recent Golden Wedding Anniversary. We had a really lovely night at Magelake with our Friends and Families. Once again many many thanks The total donations for The British Heart Foundation came to a magnificent £ 195. Moira & Jim Turner th

Many thanks to all my friends and neighbours who turned up for my 90 birthday, also for all the cards and gifts received. It made it a really special day and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. Special thanks to Irene and Gary for opening their house and arranging it all and for the food they supplied at Pippins Field. It really was very special. I was overwhelmed with it all. And last of all, thanks to the ringers who rang the bells and came to wish me well at the end of theday. It was the “end of a perfect day”. Doll Ponsford

ASHILL VILLAGE HALL ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW will be held on Saturday 4th August 2012 at 2.30 pm. Entry Forms can be obtained from Rosalie Fleet, Courtlands ,Ashill or downloaded from our website Entry Forms to be returned by Wed 1st August. We are pleased to announce that we have received grants from the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, Viridor; and three Devon Charities. These grants were made for the building of a storage extension to the Hall, and provison of a disabled parking bay adjacent to the ramp that accesses the Hall. It is hoped that by the time this is published, work will have started on this project

CAKED UP We have been gluttonously eating large amounts of cake in our house over the past few weeks while I have tried to perfect a large heart shaped cake. The reason? An order for a 2 tiered sponge cake for a wedding, jam in the middle and iced. As I make sponge cakes for the monthly market, I thought, “How difficult can this be?”, and promptly offered to attempt it! The customer provided the tins and a clear description of the decoration required, which would be made in fondant icing. Leaving nothing to chance, I had a trial run at the larger cake, measuring 15” across and top to bottom. Filling a standard 8” round cake tin with water, I estimated how much volume of mixture I would need. The first trial cake made the day before the market was a disaster! The centre did not cook through, and left a soggy middle, which had to be cut out, leaving a heart with a hole in it. In addition, the cake had not risen sufficiently to cut horizontally and fill with jam. Still, I sold most of the cake and another market sale beckoned next month. Meanwhile a cake-loving husband and son at home vacuumed up the left-overs. Internet research for soggy middles and related problems revealed others have experienced the uncooked centre problem and someone has invented a cake 'core', a cylindrical funnel placed in the centre of a large cake to conduct the heat down into the depths. This costs £9.00 but can be replicated with a well-washed and greaseproof-covered baked bean tin. I tried this and had some success with cooking the centre, removing the 'plug' of cake from the heart, and cementing it into the hole with butter cream. Yet the problem of raising such a large volume of mixture remained. Loyal customers and family munched their way through this effort like so many caterpillars at a lettuce. The wedding, now less than two weeks away, and I began to worry about disappointing the happy couple. This was both compounded and relieved a by a visit to the Cook's Shop in Taunton to buy the coloured fondant icing, when the assistant advised me to abandon sponge mixture and use Madeira instead, making two slabs, stuck together and cut into the heart shape Back home to bake a large, rectangular Madeira, 15” x 8”. Smooth the mixture to the sides of the pan and scrape out the centre, a long furrow down the rectangle, until the base of the tin is revealed. The internet advice said, “Don't be timid – scrape it out - it works” and so it did – no sogginess and minimum of 3” height. All I needed was two of these beauties, two days before the wedding (no pressure), stuck together and cut out heart-shaped, plus a perfect top tier, all iced. Piece of cake! Was the customer happy with the final result? I'm happy to report she was! Pam Golding

Walk your Age for Guide Dogs Tilly Trotter walked the Tarka Trail with Dalby and Kendal, her first two guide dogs. It was 150 miles each time. Tilly is now 78 and to celebrate her new partnership with Gwyn, her lovely young German Shepherd, she is going to walk the Grand Western and Taunton & Bridgwater canals, from Tiverton to Bridgwater and back, a distance of 78 kilometres. She is dedicating this walk to the memory of Ernest Pinsent of Uplowman, a much missed puppy walker and member of the Tiverton Branch of Guide Dogs. The first walk will meet at Tiverton Canal Basin at 0930 on 17th August and go to the end of the Grand Western Canal at Lowdwells Nr Greenham. The Taunton & Bridgwater canal will be split into two sections; Taunton (Brewhouse Theatre) to Maunsel Lock on the 18th and from there to Newtown Dock, Bridgwater on the 19th. The 20th is a rest day. The route will be retraced on 21st, 22nd and 23rd. Please join Tilly with your family, friends and well behaved dogs for a fun day (or part of a day) out in the country and help raise money for this wonderful cause. Guide Dogs is a charity which supports many people with sight loss but receives no government funding. For more information please ring 01884 840179 To make a donation visit



Recent Events: th Our summer outing (June 6 ) was a visit to Cothay Manor (Greenham, Nr. th Wellington) – a 15 Century Medieval Manor House. 27 members of our group were able to attend and what a fantastic day we all had.... On arrival, we were greeted by the owner who gave us a warm welcome and an introductory talk (whilst we had our tea/coffee) and afterwards we were able to amble around the extensive grounds at our leisure until lunchtime. After lunch (cheese/ham ploughman’s – fresh, locally produced & very tasty to boot!) we then took a guided tour around the interior of the property itself. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable about the history of the house. (It’s building, furniture & fittings and the personal possessions of the owners) and we were all enthralled by the information we were given. In terms of the weather, we were extremely lucky and couldn’t have timed our day better. It had been ‘raining buckets’ in the morning (and so came armed with umbrellas) but once we arrived, the sun came out in all its splendour and the rain stayed away until we were all safely back inside, having our tour. I did however, feel very sorry for another tour group as their timings weren’t as good as ours! (They had viewed the house in the morning and the gardens in the afternoon and as such, were swathed in rain-coats whilst we were in short-sleeves!) Membership: If you are considering joining us then please do come along – you will be made st most welcome. We meet on the 1 Wed. of the month in the Garden Room of the Village Hall @ 7:30pm and our annual subscription is currently only £5.00. Reminder to Members: th Our Summer party is on Wed July 4 . John Bell is hoping to give a guided tour of the Clay Lane area of Uffculme – so if you are interested in taking his tour, please arrive at 7:00pm. The party will commence at around 7:30pm and we would be very grateful if everyone could bring along a contribution of food – either sweet/savoury. 2012/3 Programme: th JULY 4 Summer Party st AUG 1 Visit to The Museum of Somerset th SEPT 5 Visit to Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life rd OCT 3 Policing the Peninsula th NOV 7 West Country Snippets th DEC 5 Christmas Party with slide-show of previous group outings nd JAN 2 AGM & Antiques Viewing th FEB 6 Devon Ghosts


MAR 6 th Apr 4

Carriage Collection Beacons Warning System Maria Weston, Hon. Secretary - ULHG (841 033) WEBSITE:

CHATter Smelly prayers? There are several references in the Bible to our prayers being like incense to God – a pleasing, all-pervasive smell that’s hard to ignore. The view of Heaven in Revelation 5 shows the elders and living creatures surrounding the throne of the lamb: ‘holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people’ – a powerful image of how close our prayers are to God. At CHAT we see answers to prayer each week. Due to the nature of our work it is not often possible to share them publicly, but we are able to testify to God’s goodness and faithfulness. CHAT has a group of people dedicated to praying for specific people and situations via our prayer chain. Could this be something God is calling you to join? If you would like to know more, please contact The Office on the number below. In a town near you – Crediton Council Offices, Market Street Tuesdays 2 - 4.30pm Cullompton Community Centre, Pye Corner, Church Street Mondays 2 4.30pm Tiverton 28 Gold Street Monday from 10.30 & Tuesday to Friday from 9.30 Advice by phone 01884 255606 or email

UFFCULME WOMEN’S INSTITUTE Our meeting this month was delayed for a week due to the jubilee celebrations over the bank holiday weekend, but we continued celebrating by having our own jubilee party. Unfortunately the weather was not good enough for us to be outside for our ‘royal garden party’ but we enjoyed a lovely tea and some games and quizzes indoors and all our members looked amazing in their finery, including some lovely hats. The evening was enjoyed by everyone. Our next meeting is back to the first Tuesday in July and will be a talk on ‘Send a cow to Uganda’ and everyone is welcome. The Women’s Institute is growing from strength to strength across the country but we would love to see more members in Uffculme. Ladies - please give us a try – you might be pleasantly surprised.

NEWS from COLDHARBOUR MILL The MILL and MILL SHOP are open to visitors 7 days a week 10am-4pm in July and August. The GILL BOX RESTAURANT at the Mill is open 7 days a week 10am-5pm. Senior Citizens lunches on Mon, Wed & Fri at reduced rates. Restaurant available for private evening bookings throughout the week - phone free on 0800 3893859. CRAFTS at the Mill - weaving, knitting, spinning - for more information, visit the Workshops page of the Mill website or phone Susan on 01884 839782. th th A Weekend of Texture and Pattern with Jan Tillett - Sat 7 & Sun 8 July - learn the basics of free machine embroidery & how to create texture by applying fabrics and threads. Phone: 01884 32164 or email: for further details or to book a place on this workshop. SUMMER EVENTS – DATES for your DIARY Wednesday 11th July: Friends of the Mill SUMMER QUIZ with quiz master Pete Walter. 7 for 7.30pm at Uffculme Village Hall. Admission £6 - includes buffet supper & tea/coffee. (No bar license, so please bring your own drinks). Contestants will take part in teams of 4 – please phone 01884 th 840359 to book in your team by Wed 4 July. If you haven't got a full team, please come early enough for us to arrange teams! (Park at Magelake, a few minutes walk to/from Village Hall). For the following events, please purchase entry tickets at the Mill Shop. Friends of the Mill: free entry, but please show membership card in Shop. Sunday 29th July: SUMMER CRAFT FAIR at the Mill. (last entry 3.30pm) Local producers with wool, felt, fibres, textiles and a variety of other craft goods, and the Mill Shop with Coldharbour Mill products and locally sourced craft goods, including pottery, blankets and kits. Small admission charge for the Fair only, Mill tours – including entry to Fair - also available at normal weekend admission charge. th Advance notice: Monday 27 August: Bank Holiday STEAM UP! with Culm Valley Model Railway in operation on Sun 26 Aug & Mon 27 Aug. For more information: - about Coldharbour Mill, directions, ticket prices, workshops, school visits, etc, please contact us! Tel: 01884 840960 Email: Website: - about the Steam engines at the Mill, or to volunteer to join the Steam Group, visit the Steam Group website: or phone the Mill office on 01884 840960. - about the Culm Valley Model Railway Club, visit the CVMRC website:

Charity & Fundraising Evening in Memory of Mr Steve Dunn (MY DAD) & all proceeds are going to the

At Magelake Hall – Uffculme - 28th July 2012 -6pm-12pm. This is going to be a brilliant evening in which we hope to raise even more money for the Devon Air Ambulance for the outstanding work that they do. There will be a Fun Auction, which Mr Phil Conn from Sampford Peverell, has kindly agreed to do for us. A Mega Raffle which includes big cash prizes. A Delicious Hog Roast by the one and only “Hogfather”. The Bar will be open and there will be a Disco to dance the night away, thanks to Chris Cummings, who has so kindly agreed to support us. We have had such amazing donations from local businesses and there will be autographed gifts from celebrities, family days out to local top attractions including football clubs and much much more. We also have a variety of shopping vouchers and meals to beautiful pubs so all in all, there is something for everyone to bid for on the Auction or win on the Raffle Please join us on this wonderful evening to help to support this great cause For further details please contact

Elaina Dunn 07513 290215 or Mary Dunn 07803 426686 Raffle Tickets are on sale now & will also be sold, up until 7.30pm, on the night We look forward to seeing you there & please spread the word UFFCULME VILLAGE MARKET THERE WILL BE NO MARKET IN JULY (It is the day of the Mid-Devon Show)

WHAT’S ON IN JULY Tues Wed Sat Mon Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sat Wed Thurs Fri

3 4 7 9 11 12 13 14 21 25 26 27

7.15pm 7.30pm 10.00am 7.30pm 7.30pm 1.30pm 12 noon 10.00am 10.00am 7.30pm 1.30pm 12 noon

Women's Institute VH History Club party VH Coffee morning - Uffculme Village Hall SC Christmas Lights Committee AGM George Inn Friends of Coldharbour Quiz VH Uffculme Craft Group SC Age Concern Lunch Club VH Coffee morning - Karen Action Group SC Coffee Morning - Uffculme Surgery SC Village Hall Committee meeting VH Uffculme Craft Group SC Age Concern Lunch Club VH

NO MARKET IN JULY Each week Mondays


9.30am 10.00am 5.45-8.45pm 6.30 pm

10.00am 6.30-8.30pm Wednesdays 9.15am 2.00pm 4.30-5.30pm 6.30-8.30pm Thursdays 10.00am 10.00am 1.30pm 4.00pm 7.00pm Thursday(fortnightly) 8.00pm Fridays 9.30am 10.30am 7.00pm 7.30pm

Toddlers VH Village Coffee Morning SC Tai Chi Magelake Members’ Indoor Club night with Short Mat Bowling Club Short Mat Bowling Bowling Club Kick-boxing Magelake Alison’s Keep Fit Class VH Spinning Group VH Zumba Dance for Youngsters Magelake Dance Classes Magelake Village Coffee Morning SC Yoga VH Daytime Fellowship Group SC Ballet Classes VH Bowling Club Short Mat Bowling European Folk Dance VH Keep Fit VH Sale of Fair Trade Goods SC UADS VH Bingo Bowling Club

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS COMMITTEE AGM Monday 9 July at 7.30pm At the George Inn All welcome

COME AND JOIN THE VILLAGE WALKING TREASURE HUNT ON SATURDAY AUGUST 4TH. COLLECT YOUR CLUE SHEET FROM THE GARDEN ROOM AT UFFCULME VILLAGE HALL BETWEEN 4 5.30PM. WE WILL CHARGE EACH PERSON OVER 10 YEARS OLD JUST £1 TO TAKE PART. WHEN YOU GET BACK TO THE VILLAGE HALL YOU CAN ENJOY A BBQ (BURGERS/HOTDOGS £1.50 EACH) SOFT DRINKS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO BUY. IF YOU WANT TO BRING YOUR OWN ALCOHOLIC DRINKS FEEL FREE (YOU CAN LEAVE THEM IN THE HALL WHILST WALKING) IF YOU DON'T WISH TO DO ANY WALKING THEN COME AND JOIN US AT THE BBQ FROM 6PM. As I write this in mid-June the rain is hammering down the wind is bending the trees and together they are flattening the plants. Am I glad I am not here on camping holiday? Needless to say we have done much less shredding during the past month than we would have hoped due to the lack of green material. We have been able to do some sieving. To sieve we need relatively dry material so it is somewhat surprising that we have managed to sieve several tons during the past month. The windrows of unsieved material tend to shed the water like a thatched roof and the inside can be much dryer than expected. The last part of the car park, the entrance, is due to be concreted as soon as a couple of dry days are expected. It is certainly a great improvement and an asset to the New Magelake. Both are a great asset to the village and the result of a huge amount of work done by the team who have driven the project forward. At our end of the car park we are very aware that we have to match up to the building at the other end. With this in mind we will be tidying up the fencing and the visible aspects of the site. This will include some new fencing along the road side which will hide the plastic collection area.

We do currently have plenty of woodchip as well as our sieved and unsieved compost. As mentioned last month, we can no longer recycle carrier bags or black bags which is a shame but no one wants them so please empty them and take them home. I think some supermarkets will take carrier bags but black bags go into landfill. Another item we cannot take is polystyrene despite it being a form of plastic. Please do not leave cardboard by the bags, it is not plastic and should go in your brown wheelie bin.

‘Duck Race’ Sunday 8th July 2pm Onwards

(Race start 2.30pm)

(Wooden Footbridge, End of Mill Street, Uffculme)

Join Us for Yummy Cakes, Refreshments and Games after race 1st Prize - £100, 2nd Prize - £75 3rd Prize - £50 + Special Prizes £1 each get one soon !!

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS Half way through this month’s meeting the clerk announced that Councillor Hilson was resigning from the role of communications officer. This was a role he had held for many years and in which he had been reliable, knowledgeable and informative. So therefore a new volunteer was required to the take up the baton. It all went quiet and we all looked at each other hoping someone else was ready to step up. Unfortunately I had to scratch an itchy nose and this was taken as an indication I would accept the role. Luckily Councillor Evans said she would assist and act as the contact for any press enquiries, whilst I concentrate on writing these reviews. So please forgive me if I am not up to Councillor Hilson’s standards as I am writing this as an ill prepared novice. The most important issue discussed this month was the minerals plan to give permission to extend the land being quarried for gravel. A choice will be made between two locations - either our site here at Uffculme or another at Ottery St Mary. The County Council has composed a response opposing the plan to use the Uffculme site on various grounds, including closeness to the village and questioning the need for quite as much gravel. An astonishing revelation from county Councillor Radford was that although there had been over 500 letters sent, 180 of those were in favour of the Uffculme proposal. Apparently 153 of those came from addresses in Ottery St Mary! We are fighting a difficult battle here. There are opinions like 'it's got to go somewhere' and 'it's not about keeping people happy' coming from the County Council. The biggest effect on most residents in the village will be the reduction in property values, which is another point the County Council will not take into consideration. At the same time we are also opposing the County Council Waste Plan to extend the site to the west. This will surround Hill Head Farm and be visible from the road by the secondary school. Any letters of opposition should be sent or emailed before the 31st August. And if anyone wishes to propose a new landfill site at Ottery St Mary who are we to stop them. For all those people who have in the past complained about lorries thundering through the village, the clerk announced that the company running the feed mill and responsible for most of those lorries, will be closing the Uffculme Mill. Apparently ‘good news’ but there may be some redundancies, let's hope they can find alternative positions at the Cullompton Mill and then well shall have to wait and see what other business may want to take the site next. Grass cutting at the cemetery was discussed; there had been a couple of complaints but it was confirmed that the grass has been cut to the usual schedule it's just that this year has seen some exceptional grass growing weather (very wet then very hot and now wet again!). Well that concludes my first Council meeting report, thank you for reading this far. Regards Gary Cook

UFFCULME GARDENERS’ ASSOCIATION The AGM saw the decision to increase the subscription to £10. There was a lengthy discussion, but in the end the motion was passed by a considerable majority. It will take effect from September, and the committee hopes that members will feel that that they are still getting good value from the society’s activities. th There are places still on the excursion on July 12 (cost £18, and full details in the June edition of Spotlight). Anyone interested in joining us should contact Mrs Christine Scantlebury (841731). Hortensius

UFFCULME BOWLING CLUB NEWS Centenary celebrations continued during June with a visit from Bowls Devon for a th President’s match on Tuesday 12 . The weather was kind to us again and everyone enjoyed a good afternoon of friendly bowling. There is still a display of archive material in the Clubhouse, so do please drop in and have a look. We are starting our Thursday morning sessions for new outdoor st bowlers on 21 June at 10.00 am. These sessions will continue until the end of the season in September. If you are looking for a new pastime, come and join in. Short mat bowling sessions (indoors) continue through the summer on Tuesday morning – 10.00 to 12.30 – come and have a try. July home fixtures: Mon 2 South Molton 14.30 Wed 4 Pinces A – Over 60s A 14.30 Wed 4 Belmont B – Over 60s B 14.30 Tiverton Park – Ladies President’s Trophy 18.30 Thurs 5 Sat 7 Dunkeswell 14.30 Sat 16 Phear Park 14.30 Thurs 12 Hemyock – County Trophy 18.30 Fri 14 Bovey Tracey 14.30 Wed 18 Madeira A - Over 60s A 14.30 Wed 18 Marina C – Over 60s B 14.30 Thurs 19 Culm Vale – Ladies President’s Trophy 18.30 Fri 20 Tiverton West End 14.30 Mon 23 Hosting Bowls Devon Ladies Triples Competition14.00 Tues 24 Pinces Gardens 18.15 Wed 25 Starcross A – Over 60s A 14.30 Wed 25 St Thomas C – Over 60s B 14.30 Thurs 26 Hosting - Devon v Section 2 Ladies 13.00 Fri 27 Hemyock 18.00 Sun 29 Tiverton Boro 14.30 Sat 30 Centenary Tournament Spectators are always welcome to join us for a cup of tea.

Uffculme 500 Club The June draw took place on the 11th of the month. There were 4 lucky winners. M.J.Fox £60 Mrs G Williams £30 Miss P Yeo £20 Mr M Thomas £10 The Friends of Coldharbour Mill received £120 which makes an important contribution to the running of the Working Wool Museum. If you wish to join The 500 Club and stand a chance of winning a prize for a stake of £1 per month then contact me. If you don't enter you have absolutely no chance of winning! There is no need to be a member of The Friends of Coldharbour Mill to be a member of The 500 Club. Mike Pollard 840398

BELLRINGING AT ST MARY’S CHURCH The Uffculme band have been fairly active in recent months and the tower has hosted a number of visiting bands. After a gap of several years, we took part in our first competition away from the village at the end of May. The St Peter’s Shield 6-bell competition at Bampton, organised by the North East Devon Branch of the Guild of Devonshire Ringers th was open to “method” and “call-change” ringing and we came a creditable 4 of 6 competing teams. As is usual at such events, a lively social and supper followed the announcement of the results! We will be hosting our own Fred Edwards Shield 8-bell competition in November this year – watch this space. The band was delighted to be part of the Jubilee Celebrations ringing a selection of call-changes which included the set-pieces “Kings “ and “Queens” . This coincided with the both the national peal at 3:00pm on the Sunday afternoon and the village parade passing en route to Magelake. An appropriate entry has been made in the tower record book, adding to the significant events that have been observed in past years. It was a privilege and a pleasure for the team as we rang on Thursday evening th th 14 June to recognise Doll Ponsford’s 90 birthday. Congratulations to Doll and thanks to her family for their hospitality. We are very happy to ring in celebration of similar individual achievements. Please contact any of the band members if you would like us to ring out for you or yours! The tower team are looking to welcome additional ringing members, so if you are interested either as a lapsed ringer or as a learner, please call us and come along to a practice night each Monday starting at 7:30pm. Gordon Milne, Tower Captain (e) (t) 01884 841778



GREAT NEWS!! We are holding our annual Duck Race on Sunday 8 July 2012, see separate advert for details. Tickets are on sale in the following places, Uffculme Pre-School, Uffculme Primary School, Co-Op, The Ostler, The George, Shirleys Hairdressers and Premier Stores. We really enjoyed being part of the Jubilee Parade through our village; it was great to see everyone and made us feel very proud to be part of the community. The flags and bunting around the pre-school gave us inspiration for making our Queen, flags and special hats. We were really pleased to see everyone who came to our Open Day on Saturday th 16 June, thank you for your support; we look forward to seeing you in September. It was good to have the time to talk to you. We have been made aware that parents are being told that we have no spaces left at our setting. We would like to take this opportunity to confirm that we do indeed have sessions available for our Pre-school, Breakfast Club and After School Club sessions now or for September 2012. Please contact us on 01884 841010 for up to date information or email and we will be very pleased to help. Olympic Games will be the main theme for July, with lots of fun, races etc. which will provide lots of physical activities that are so important in a child’s development and gives them a tremendous appetite! We are looking forward to our summer trip in July and helping our children that are going to BIG school to have a happy and smooth transition with the fantastic help from Uffculme Primary School. This helps our children enormously as we all work together and has been very successful for many years. Thank you for supporting your local community Pre-School and Out of Hours Care From the Staff and Committee

Cover picture Jim Clancy other pictures Jim & David Tucker


Fred King & David Tucker would like to say a to all the stewards who volunteered and gave up their time freely over the Jubilee weekend, even during the torrential rain!

UFFCULME JUBILEEE CELEBRATION Didn’t we do well!!. What a fantastic display of lights and bunting! We even had a mention on local radio and on TV! The weekend started off on Friday afternoon with a senior citizens lunch in the village hall. Always well supported and enjoyed; and this was no exception Saturday saw the Kings (ladies) and Queens’ (men) football match at Magelake, very much enjoyed by players and spectators alike; the final score being 4 goals to 3 in favour of the Kings. Organised by the Uffculme Twinning association, they had a bar-B-que and prize draw after the match. Unfortunately, it then started to rain, so the outdoor concerts became the indoor concerts! We were greatly entertained by “The Unfaithful”, followed by “Diamondogz”, both bands putting on a brilliant show. On Sunday the Grand Fancy Dress parade started at Coldharbour Mill car park and made its way through the village, led by Diane Brandon, vice chair of the parish council, and her husband Michael waving the flag! It was absolutely brilliant to see so many people in the parade and lining the route to cheer us on. Wasn’t the coach fantastic! Made by Spencer Kingdom and his neighbour, Richard Stevens, a big big Thank You to both of them for all their hard work. Our ‘Queen for the Day’ was Megan Newman who travelled in her coach as part of the parade along with the winners of the fancy dress competitions who were Eleanor Maddicks, Paige Huxham, Holly Bennett, and Julie Morgan, who all received a commemorative mug as prizes. ( Megan will of course be switching on the Christmas Lights on 1st December). A mug was also presented to Clair Dancer from Kingwood Nursery for the best dressed house winner, as judged by Doll Ponsford and Ted Smith, 2 of Uffculme’s oldest residents. Passing by the church in time for the bell ringing, the parade ended at Magelake where the children’s mini Olympics took place, with trophies for the winners and medals for all entrants. The 100 foot long inflatable assault course proved very popular and the sumo suits were great fun. The hog roast was a great success and we even had ice cream for dessert. The BBC Spotlight reporter spent quite a bit of time with us and her report was seen later that evening, albeit quite brief!!. The young children’s disco was enjoyed by about 30 participants, although the older children were not so keen, so we may have to rethink that for another time! Whilst the younger element of the village were enjoying themselves at Magelake, some of the older ones were tucking into a Jubilee Tea party at the

village hall, organised by Patsy Ward and her band of helpers. A splendid spread and entertainment too!. Monday saw the second of the evening concerts, with the weather being kind enough for it to be held outdoors. This time “The Business” were in action followed by “Limited Company” Another very enjoyable evening. The church flowers, especially arranged for the Jubilee weekend were beautiful, and some interesting pictures of old Uffculme caused much discussion. There were photo albums of previous Jubilee celebrations from the Silver in 1977 to the Golden in 2002, bringing back many memories. It is hoped to produce another album for this year from the many photos taken over the weekend. It has been suggested that a DVD be made for purchase at a small fee, to enable those who want, to print off their own pictures of the festivities, and possibly a display in the not too distant future. If you have photos of the Jubilee Celebrations that you would like to submit for a possible album, please contact either David Tucker on 840148 email or Jim Clancy on 840172. Obviously, there are loads of people to thank, far too many to name individually, apart from those already mentioned. Huge thanks must go to the Jubilee committee for all their hard work over many months; the marshalls who kept us all safe on the roads; the bar staff; cooks and cleaners; ticket sellers, and all of those who joined in to make Uffculme Jubilee celebrations a real community event, for which we can feel justly very proud. How about an Annual Fun Day? Interested?? Watch this space!!!

THE JUBILEE The History Society are to be congratulated on the excellent Exhibition of flowers, memorabilia and photographs staged in St.Mary’s in honour of the Jubilee. This was a very timely reminder of Uffculme’s past. The Church, which provided a perfect backdrop for this event, was looking its pristine best and was a credit to all concerned. I should like to award full marks to all who contributed to hitting the right note, including the Organist. E.J.G.

ST.MARY'S CHURCH - JUBILEE WEEKEND It was wonderful to see so many people coming to St. Marys over the Jubilee weekend to look at the flowers, the mementoes from previous Royal celebrations and the very interesting and absorbing collection of photographs of Uffculme through the years. Thank you all so much - to those who lent the varied memorabilia, to the History Society for the photographic exhibition, to Geoff Roach for arranging the music which added so much to the event, to everyone who came to steward and to my lovely team of "Flower Ladies" for their beautiful and imaginative arrangements in Royal purple. All this made for a very happy occasion - one of many in the village as we all celebrated this Diamond Jubilee. What shall we do in ten years' time?!!!!!!! Valerie Holbrook

JUBILEE THANKS A great big huge THANK YOU to the Jubilee committee and everyone who helped to make the celebrations of our Queen's 60th anniversary such a wonderful time. From the Friday lunch for seniors, the Kings and Queens football match and hog roast, the brilliant parade and mini olympics and most enjoyable Jubilee tea, the music concerts at Magelake and all the wonderful decorations in our village. Uffculme can be proud of everyone who made it a great celebration. Many thanks for giving up your time. Christine and Nick Living opposite Pam & Spencer Kingdom for some 30 years comes as no surprise when odd machinery appears on the front lawn, anything from ancient tractors to steam engines, we even saw the world’s first mechanical potato peeler renovation. But the works that have been going on over the last few weeks overshadows them all. Like the 'Phoenix from the ashes' has a ceremonial coach of resplendent proportions risen from odd pieces of timber, armaflex lagging and extremely expensive gold paint. Spencer and his good neighbour Richard (please see picture) have spent hours and hours building the wonderful coach we saw at the centre of the Jubilee celebrations. Ably supported by their wives Pam & Donna, contributions from Richards boys Scott & Daniel a piece of Uffculme history has been created. I feel that the dedication and hard work over some 50 odd hours should be recognised and applauded. Without the volunteer work of such projects wonderful days like the 3rd June 2012 cannot take place. So Spencer and Richard thank you for your time, effort and enthusiasm for the Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee. For all the fun and entertainment you have given your close neighbours during the build, and the rest of Uffculme with the outstanding results. Viv & Terry Gilbert. 22, Wellands Close.

Latest news from Kingwood, Uffculme’s Outstanding Childcare & Pre School What a fantastic time we had celebrating the Diamond Jubilee at Kingwood. The children loved dressing up as kings and queens to visit Tiverton Castle and thoroughly enjoyed their Jubilee Picnic. Thanks so much to everyone for their help and support at the Mini Olympics - the children had a wonderful time and the photos and videos are amazing. June had a strong Pets theme for us so many of our activities were based on this topic. A big thank you to the Uffculme Vets for teaching us all about their roles and for letting us meet the animals. Following on from our Sports Day on the 25th June our diary for July is already full of exciting plans and activities based around our theme of Sports and the Olympics. We’ve also getting ready for our very own Pre-School Graduation ceremony at St Mary’s Church for the children moving up to primary school in September. Definitely an emotional day for everyone. And a date for your diary - on Saturday 21st July, we’re holding a Summer Fete at Magelake from 12 noon to 4pm. It’ll be a great afternoon’s entertainment for all the family with food and craft stalls, a bouncy castle, cream teas and loads more. Admission is free so hope to see you there! Chef’s Notes Sausage Cassoulet, better known to the children of Kingwood as Cowboy Casserole, is definitely a favourite dish. Hot and tasty on a rainy day, Cowboy Casserole is a combination of sausages, leeks, canned tomatoes and a mix of different beans all cooked in a big pan on top of the stove. Younger children can find tinned tomatoes a little sharp tasting and so to make the taste more rounded I add a little vegetable stock during cooking which children really seem to enjoy. If you’d like more information on any of the activities above, please contact us on the number below or follow us on Facebook. Claire and Trevor Dancer, Kingwood Childcare and Pre-school T: 01884 841435 E:

USEFUL ADDRESSES AND PHONE NUMBERS Age Concern Tiverton for Information, Advice, Advocacy, Day Care etc 242052 Alzheimer’s Dis. Sup. Grp. Mrs P Kingdon, 11 Welland's Close 840744 Ayshford Foundation Mr P Walter, The Cottage, Eastbrook 01823 672545 Coldharbour Mill Trust Peter Fisher Coldharbour Mill 840960 Magelake Hall Bookings Lorraine Davis 840423 Meals on Wheels Devon Social Services 243819 Royal British Legion Stephen Thorpe-Tracey 841864 Sq.Corner Bookings Mrs.B.Roach 250349 Uffculme Allotment Ass. Mick Maycock 849349 Bellringers Bill Cork 840137 Compost Magic Mike Pollard, 3 Kitwell Street 840398 Litter Pickers Chris Hill, 10, Clarke Close 849067 Housing Westcountry Housing Association 840193 Village Hall Bkg Mrs C Scantlebury, 3 Mill Street 841731 Community Lunch Helen Edwards 255789 Educational Organisations Culm Valley Comm. Ed. School House, Cullompton 38326 Uffculme Toddler Group Trevor Dancer 841435 Pre-School & Out of Hours Care Mrs Mandy Bennett 841010 Primary Sch. PTFA c/o The Primary School 840282 Kingwood Childcare 841435 Youth Organisations Amateur dramatics (Jun) Mrs Y Cottrell, 1 Markers 840927 Army Cadets Mr P Ash 07736353362 Uffculme Youth Club Lin Hawkins 849288


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After School Café & Clubs Vicki Highet Sports Clubs Culm Utd FC Mr J Turner, 80 Highland Terrace Culm Utd Youth FC Mr Nick Miles Short Mat Bowls Mrs Jenny Dyson Uffculme Bowling Club Mr Alan George, The Granary, 8 East St Social and Leisure Organisations Charity Craft Circle Mrs I Wood, 12 Appletree Close Conservative Party Mrs D Butt, Tilthen House, The Square Friends of Coldharbour Mill Mrs Susan Wasafi Local History Group Maria Weston Uffculme Am. Dram. Soc. Mrs Y Cottrell, 1 Markers Uffculme Craft Group Mrs Barbara Knight Gardeners' Association Richard Coleman Men's Club Ian Marshall 50 Plus Club Val Hardwick Twinning Association Margaret Ward, 4 Culm Valley Way W.l. Mrs Margaret Ward 500 Club Mike Pollard, 3 Kitwell Street Ashill Ashill Village Hall Secretary Mrs Rosalie Fleet Ashill Village Hall Bookings Mr Colin Coombes

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LIBRARY – 840522 Monday 10a.m. – 12noon Friday 3p.m. – 5p.m.

Tuesday CLOSED Saturday 10a.m. – 12noon

MOBILE BANK NatWest – each Thursday 3.45-4.10pm in the Square

DOCTORS’ SURGERIES College Surgery, Cullompton Emergencies when College Surgery Closed Uffculme Surgery (appointments only) Hemyock Health Centre Bramblehaies Surgery, Cullompton

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Spotlight July 2012  

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